Dodge Off Road
Dodge Off Road Steering Brace - 3rd Gen 03-08Dodge Off Road
Made from all 1/4" steel with 1/4" wall 2" x 2" square tubing as the backbone, the DOR 3rd gen steering brace is a whopping 10.25 lbs of solid steering-support awesomeness. The concept is simple - don't fight what you can't control. There is not a steering brace on the market that will prevent frame flex at all, so what happens with all other steering braces is the frame twists and then the brace twists with it, putting that lateral motion directly into your steering box sector shaft thanks to the brace. Our braces are one-sided so they do not tie the frame rails together, thus preventing frame flex from ever affecting your steering box! This allows your steering box to be supported like it should be, without outside forces interfering. It's a very simple concept that we came up with years ago and have perfected over time. Even if your truck doesn't seem to have frame flex, why take a chance at ruining your expensive steering box when our brace is less expensive than other options and provides better support than a standard frame-to-frame brace? You gain nothing by running a frame-to-frame brace, because they do not stop frame flex and they are not easier to install. They are typically more expensive and use thinner materials with less support. This brace works on all trucks, from daily drivers to rock crawlers and everything in between. You do not have to have a rock crawler to experience the problem of frame flex. It happens everytime your truck is not on flat ground. Your frame is two 18' long pieces of steel that are connected with various crossmembers every so many feet - there is no way that a piece of steel that long will not flex. 3rd and 4th gen trucks are much better than 2nd gens, but it still happens. Take a look at your body lines sometime when you park on an uneven surface, or go flex your truck and try to open the tailgate or doors. It becomes more difficult because things don't line up perfectly when the truck has some twist to it. Frame flex exists in every day situations.
Our 3rd/4th gen brace works on all models including the Power Wagon, and bolts up in minutes with all new Grade 8 hardware (you reuse the factory steering box bolt). The bearings are high quality and greaseable for years of service, and are easy to replace when that day comes. We are the only company that uses stainless steel sector shaft extensions, rather than mild steel that is coated. Coatings wear off over time, but our stainless shafts will last forever and look good doing it.
We do offer a spacer plate for the passenger side sway bar mount if you need to keep your sway bar flat, this is most common when you have a winch mount or plow mount that bolts to the sway bar frame holes. See related items for this separate listing. It is not required for most installs.
REDHEAD BOX QUESTIONS - If you have a Redhead box, just select the option for the box style they rebuilt. If you got their Mopar upgrade 6-bolt box, that's still a Mopar 08.5 upgrade box. If you have the standard-sized 3rd gen Redhead box, that's still a standard 3rd gen steering box. The color of the cap and an extra internal bearing do not change anything in regards to our steering brace fitment. The only thing we need to know is what size pitman arm nut your box uses, and we get that information based on the external box size option you select. 46mm or 1.8" pitman arm nut = Mopar 08.5+ box. Anything smaller is going to use the factory 3rd gen pitman arm nut.
For years, we've heard nay-sayers claim that the one-sided brace is a gimmick because the 3rd and 4th gen trucks do not have frame flex. Even if this were true, why would you buy a more expensive frame-to-frame brace that uses inferior materials, if our brace does the job, is easier to install, and does a better job of securing the sector shaft? Frame-to-frame braces do work, and we've used them ourselves for many years. The reason we came up with the single-sided brace is to get around the issue of frame flex, which was causing steering boxes to wear out just as fast as they were without a brace installed. If frame-to-frame braces work so well, then it seems like steering boxes wouldn't wear out once those braces are installed, right? What we experienced first-hand, and by talking to many people over the course of 10 years, is that while their steering was tighter when the brace was first installed, about a year or two later they were replacing the steering box again, which is about how long the box would last prior to having a brace on it. Many times, the boxes were leaking from the sector shaft, which is a telltale sign that the sector shaft is grinding on it's seal. Time will tell how much better our brace is at preventing that issue, but we can say that we've been building the one-sided brace since 2012 and we have yet to learn of anybody who installed it with a brand new box and has had to replace the box, unless the steering box was faulty or was damaged in a wreck. On our 2005 Power Wagon, we installed a Borgeson steering box and our DOR brace at the same time back in 2013, and even on 37" tires (and now 41" tires) it is still running the same steering box with no noticeable slop in the box. We have many, many customers that have told us the same thing. So again, if our brace does the job and costs the same or less, why wouldn't you give it a try instead of the typical frame-to-frame brace? You'll get a brace that is easier to install, uses much higher quality materials, and works on all steering boxes and sway bar setups. There is not another brace on the market that is as universal as ours, and that is because we built it to be this way. Most companies making these frame-to-frame braces barely have any experience with Dodge trucks, and they make parts for a bunch of other vehicles too. All we do is Dodge Ram parts, and that's all we've ever done. When you buy from us, you are buying from people who drive Dodge trucks and have tried out all of the other braces on the market. You're buying from a company with far more experience than anyone else. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime.
Added a Mopar upgraded Steering box with the Dodge Off Road Steering brace and made a huge difference . Went from 1 1/2 -2 inches of steering wheel play and wandering to No slop and no play what so ever. Steering brace is beefy and very sturdy. Easy install and I would say a must for any Ram truck. Worth the investment.
I recently purchased another 3rd gen Ram CTD for my daughter who is learning to drive. She was only able to drive it for about 20min and was too afraid to continue the trip home on the highway. The steering wonder and play in the wheel was too much for her comfort. I finished the trip home and was not happy with the purchase. This truck was my 4th third gen Dodge but the first one I've owned that had this much wonder, also the first one I was unhappy with. I researched for a while and decided on purchasing the DOR steering brace because it was made in America and they weren't all about these flashy marketing sales and colorful websites. After the install I truly could not believe how much of an impact this made. My daughter is very comfortable now behind the wheel. I have not tried any other steering brace manufacture to compare with, and I never will after installing this one. This will not be my last 3rd gen Cummins and this will not be my last steering box purchase from DOR. Solid product!
After upgrading to the 09 steering linkage on my 07 power wagon it still had a bad wander/vague feeling, this brace really made it right, no more fighting the steering. Shipping was prompt and the install was very quick and easy.
Works great and easy install
I like many have had issues with the steering in my 06 Ram 2500 CTD. I finally figured out that my clicking and knocking on the front end was associated with the wandering of my truck and fighting it to keep it in my lane. I put this on with a Borgeson Dodge box and shaft so I can't say exactly what this brace did alone, but I can tell you that the results were amazing. It's a night and day difference now. I should've done this when I first bought the truck. It's almost like driving a 7,000 pound 4 wheel drive sport car! As far as the brace, this seems like a high quality upgrade. Thick steel, beautiful looking welds, attractive looking powder coat, and high quality looking parts. I put this on just yesterday so I can't speak for longevity, but I would be surprised if this brace didn't last the life of this Cummins. Also, DOR shipped this extremely fast. It arrived with excellent packaging. I will do business with them again.
Installed this Brace and it tightened up my steering a lot. Install was easy. The one sided brace seems to be the way to go. Great product from DOR
This has to be one of the best parts I have ever put on my truck. I have a 2007 Ram 2500 that has had a ton of steering problems. I was sick and tired of the wandering feeling my truck had, it wouldn't even stay in it's own lane without constant attention. I really was ready to just sell the truck and get something else. I had put a new steering gear box in from PSC and they recommended that I use their steering brace too. It helped a LOT for a while, but 3 months later I was having the same problems. Come to find out the new steering box is worn out again! PSC was great and exchanged the box for me, but I started looking for other options to brace up the box without connecting both frame rails. I've heard that our truck frames twist and that can cause problems. I came across Dodge Off Road's single-sided brace and thought it was exactly what I was looking for. So for $150, I figured it was worth trying out to see if it was a gimmick or actually worked. That was 7 months ago and my steering box is still as tight as day one. Maybe the first box was just bad, but I really think it has more to do with the cross-frame design of the PSC brace. I've heard the same from other Ram owners. I think this is the hot ticket to keeping your steering box tight for a very long time. I'm just glad someone out there has the insight to build a brace that isolates the steering box - it seems like a no-brainer now, but apparently DOR is the only company to ever figure this out. Thanks for saving my truck!!